12-17-2013, 05:10 AM
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  • garlar4
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  • St Louis Mo
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I have been buying and selling online since 98 and just would like to hear others opinion about paypal? I had some bad deals where they covered the buyer over the seller. Also there customer service has went down hill. When looking in to this I discovered that all this started shortly after eBay bought the company. Now in recent years other players have came online (amazon payments, google checkout) just to mention a few. Who do you use and why?

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 12-17-2013, 06:04 AM
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  • Coyote
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  • Hondo, TX USA
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PayPal is still easy to use and widely accepted. You can use funds directly from your bank account. I have only had one issue. It was as a buyer and I received a refund. They are big and problems will arise. I use them more because "they are there".

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 12-17-2013, 06:11 AM
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I have used Google Checkout but Paypal is tried, proven and pretty much universally accepted. I had one dispute with a buyer which I lost. The buyer was later invited to leave the forum as I was not the only one he scammed. Other than that it has worked well for me.

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 12-17-2013, 06:23 AM
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with paypal i had one dispute with a seller which i won. i even had to defend the seller because he was threatened in a harsh way by paypal to be thrown out: i was sure the seller did everything in good faith because he did not understand the paypal system the slightest.

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 12-17-2013, 06:40 AM
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  • Johnny
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  • Wausau, Wisconsin, USA
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I've used PayPal since the beginning and have never had a problem with them. Around 90% of the merchants I do business with accept PayPal. Great way to protect your credit card from being stolen. That's why I use it.

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 12-17-2013, 07:19 AM
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  • Snuff
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If I remember correctly In all those years I've had two cases that I won and one that I lost (empty package was send by registered mail so there was nothing I could do). Otherwise never a problem, as long as you have proof of sending the item(s) you're good IMHO.

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 12-17-2013, 07:51 AM
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  • slantman
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You are correct Paypal is mainly interested in protecting the buyer and very little protection for the buyer. Most vendors use only Paypal. I prefer a vendor that accepts all forms of payment like it used to be.

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 12-17-2013, 09:01 AM
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  • garlar4
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  • St Louis Mo
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My bad dealing with them was I bought some laptops from a seller on eBay and they shipped me two boxes with just paper and old books for weight. When I contacted paypal they sided with the seller saying they had delivery conformation and that the info given to them from him was proof that he shipped them. Needless to say I am out 3k on them and no laptops. Also I would like to add that he no longer sells in eBay I don't know what happened with that seller I assume they finally got caught. But I still do my best not to use them over that.

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 12-17-2013, 09:24 AM
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(12-17-2013, 06:40 AM)Johnny Wrote: I've used PayPal since the beginning and have never had a problem with them. Around 90% of the merchants I do business with accept PayPal. Great way to protect your credit card from being stolen. That's why I use it.

PP gets used for just this reason for any merchant that accepts PP upon checkout.

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 12-17-2013, 09:28 AM
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  • garlar4
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that is true and i will say i am seeing more and more people on these forms when asked if they take any thing other then paypal they are interested in other sites to use witch is the reason i started this thread. I personally love the amazon system they came out with over summer.

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 12-17-2013, 03:32 PM
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I am a US citizen living abroad. Paypal is a nightmare for me. Sometimes I can use my Korean shipping address and sometimes I can not. There is no rhyme nor reason to it. When I ask the sellers to help they can't, they say the problem is on my side. I have registered my shipping address in Korea and when I contact Paypal they don't explain, tell me to get a Korean Paypal account or piss off.

If I get a Korean Paypal account and use my US card I always get hit with 3% international charge. Paypal is both unresponsive and shows know desire to help me.

So I always favor vendors who offer the option of using a credit card directly and don't lock me into the horrible Paypal system.

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